Swiss prosecutors end probe into Jinkis' Champions League contract
Switzerland’s Office of the Attorney General has ended a near two-year probe into the sale of television rights in Ecuador for the Uefa Champions League, European soccer's elite clubs competition.
The OAG told the Swiss News Agency that the case had been terminated in November because suspicions of unfair management and breach of trust could not be confirmed.
However, the office said it is not excluding the possibility that offences were committed outside of the country.
The OAG first opened the criminal proceedings in April 2016 against persons unknown in response to the 'Panama Papers' leak.
Swiss police visited Uefa's Nyon headquarters asking to see a contract signed by Fifa president Gianni Infantino during his time as director of legal services at Uefa.
Infantino co-signed a TV rights contract in 2006 with father and son Argentine sports agents Hugo and Mariano Jinkis, who were later indicted in USA for alleged corruption.
The contract with Cross Trading, an offshore company registered in the Pacific island of Niue, was among a massive haul of leaked documents alleged to indicate the use of offshore accounts for corruption and tax avoidance.
The contract covered rights to the Champions League in Ecuador and showed that, having paid $111,000 for the rights for 2006 to 2009, Cross Trading sold them on to local broadcaster Teleamazonas at a significant premium - $311,170.
Similarly the rights to the Uefa Super Cup were bought for $28,000, but sold on to Teleamazonas for $126,200.
Infantino always distanced himself from any impropriety, as had Uefa, which insisted the contracts were legitimate, with the rights sold “pursuant to an open, competitive, tender process” with the offer from Teleamazonas/Cross Trading 20 per cent higher than the next best bid.